Sunday, August 19, 2012

Where do we start?

Blogging is an art...
    I am sitting here, trying to figure out what I am going to blog about, seeing as we have not blogged in a really long time. I believe that it has been about 2 months since our last post. But it is hard to know where to start because my wife is sitting next to me monitoring my every move, making sure I don't screw this up, like it is some life-defining work of art that will define our life and give others grounds to judge us on for all eternity. Haha jk, she is just laughing and smiling that beautiful smile she always has. Such a beautiful wife I have! Oh, and just in case you had not figured out by now, this is Tony writing. Because I am a master blogger. 

 Our Baby
   So, as many of you know, Lauren is prego. At least I hope you know that by now. We have had a few doctors visits and everything is going quite well. Actually, it is going too well!! Haha what i mean by that is the babies head is measuring in the 94th percentile now, it is huge!!! Can you say megamind baby? Well, it would be a megamind baby, except for a few other key features. Olivia is predicted to be about 9 lbs at birth, which means she might be here (hopefully) sooner than anticipated. She also has a mullet right now. So just imagine a white, chubby, mullet-haired megamind and that is our daughter. I just pray she does not sound like Will might be rather awesome if she does sound like him....If there is any information about our baby that I am leaving out, I encourage you to call and ask Lauren about it, because she kinda knows a whole lot more than I do about this life form growing inside her body. 

   This is my H-E double hockey sticks semester. Don't really know what to expect but it should be lots of fun, considering I will also be having to be a father for the first time. Lauren will be staying home with Olivia (bless her heart) and I will be trying to find time to work, school, teach, and be a father, just not in that order. I just hope all my dear, manly friends returning to Logan will come over and still play FIFA with me. 

Two Manly Stories
     Ok both of these stories happened a while ago, but I have not blogged about them so I feel that now is the time to do so. First...

The Manly Man Who Wins The Prize For His Girl-
   It was a wonderful spring day in southern Cali, as my darling wife and I were walking the boardwalk in California Adventure. If there is one weakness I have in my body, it is the urge to spend all the money in my possession playing boardwalk games. Toss the rings over the bottles, break the plates, knock the jugs of milk over, you name it. I love it. So as we were walking by I saw the "pitch the baseball through the hole" game. Lauren and I stood by as spectators, watching many try and fail at that game. You were given 7 balls and had to throw 3 through the hole in the catchers mitt. Summing up the degree of difficulty on this said game against my natural God given talent for sports and my beautiful physique, I concluded that I indeed should attempt this game. Long story short, I nailed 3 of my first 5 throws, winning the biggest stuffed pillow-like prize in the arms of my girl and still having 2 balls left! (Coincidence? I think not. What a metaphor for a manly story) Needless to say, I have concluded that winning a prize for your girl is one of the best things a guy can do to make him feel like a man. 

The Manly Man Who Saves a Damsel In Distress and Sudden Peril-
     Needless to say, the same man in the previous story is the hero in this story. I was driving home from work one day and was turning left at the stoplight onto my street. The car in front of me was turning left, and halfway through the turn it died. Luckily, there were not too many cars coming from the opposite way or the lady would have been T-boned right in the middle of the intersection. As the light turned red, all these cars began to honk at her. Come on people, really? Like honking your horn at a girl whose car has died and is already crying is going to make the situation better. So, doing what any man with a God given talent for sports and a beautiful physique would do, I leaped from my car and told the girl to put her car into neutral. I pushed the car through the intersection onto the side of the road away from traffic. The lady thanked me profusely, while I did what any manly superhero would do and just nodded my head and said "It is no big deal, will you be alright?" After she assured me she would be, I ran home and picked Lauren up to go shopping. On the way out, I grabbed a yoohoo (a favorite drink of my lovely girl, and a sure fire way to get into her good graces) and gave it to the lady who was waiting for her mechanic friend. Boo-yah. 

Thought for the Day
    Lauren and I watched a fantastic conference talk this morning given by Pres. Uchtdorf in Oct. 2010, entitled "Of Things That Matter Most." In it he discussed the importance of slowing down our lives in times of stress and turbulence. Often we think that we need to pick up the pace and fill our life, keeping ourselves busy, but this is not the case. We must remember to steady the course and focus on 4 key relationships. First, with God. Second, with our family. Third, with our fellow man. Fourth, with ourselves. I highly encourage anyone to read or watch this talk. Here is the link.      


  1. What a lovely blog entry! I do, indeed love you both and I am excited to meet baby Erica (whose name you spelled wrong... Awk).

  2. Lol, Very funny Mr Leibhardt!! Tony, I realize that I didn't do that stupid verification when I posted last, and that's why it didn't show up. Anyway, All I posted was, "Love It"!!!!! Thanks for the amazing blog.